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Belmont Stakes Day, Stars & Stripes Day, Mother's Day, Big Apple Showcase Day highlight $17.95 million Belmont spring/summer stakes schedule

By Jon Forbes | 02/13/2014 02:12 PM ET
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The Belmont Stakes
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Six races worth $1 million or more, along with three new events - the Belmont Stakes Festival on June 6-8, Stars & Stripes Day on July 5 and a May 11 Mother's Day card featuring three graded stakes - form the backbone of the 2014 Belmont Park spring/summer meet, which begins May 1 and continues through July 13. In all, the schedule contains 62 stakes races worth $17.95 million, including 16 overnight stakes with purses of $100,000 each.
 
June 7 is the most lucrative day on the schedule with $7.7 million in stakes purses, topped by the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes for 3-year-olds, the Grade 1, $1.25 Metropolitan Handicap for 3-year-olds and up, the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares for 4-years-old and up, and the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap for turf horses 4-years-old and up. Total purses for the day will be $8 million, making Belmont Stakes Day the second richest on the North American racing calendar behind only Breeders' Cup Saturday.
 
Full details on Belmont Stakes Day are available here.
 
Belmont will host its inaugural Stars & Stripes Day on July 5. The holiday weekend extravaganza will include a pair of million-dollar contests: the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational and the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational. Both the Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks are 1 ¼-mile turf races for 3-year-olds, with the Oaks restricted to fillies. Also on the July 5 card are the Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap, the Grade 3, $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship and the Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer. The Suburban Handicap will be contested at the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles for the first time since 2009.
 
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The Belmont Derby, Belmont Oaks, and Belmont Sprint Championship were formerly known as the Jamaica Handicap, Garden City, and James Marvin, respectively.
 
Big Apple Showcase Day will be held May 31, one week before Belmont Stakes Day, and will feature six stakes, all restricted to New York-breds, worth a combined $900,000.
 
The Grade 1, $400,000 Man o' War, which had been contested in July since 2008, is scheduled for Mother's Day, May 11, and tops a card that also includes the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian, the Grade 3, $150,000 Westchester, and the $100,000 License Fee. The Man o' War will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 as part of The Jockey Club Tour on FOX series, which debuted earlier this month.
 
Memorial Day, May 26, features three stakes topped by the Grade 3, $300,000 Poker to be run at one mile on the grass. Also on Memorial Day is the $200,000 Pennine Ridge which, along with the May 25 Wonder Again, serve as prep races for the Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks. The first three finishers in both the Pennine Ridge and Wonder Again will be guaranteed invitations to the Belmont Derby and Belmont Oaks, respectively.
 
"We are hopeful that, given the lack of big money opportunities at a mile on the grass, the Poker could attract two-time defending Horse of the Year Champion Wise Dan," said Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for The New York Racing Association. "The Pennine Ridge and Wonder Again are new races that should be especially popular with their guaranteed invitations to the Belmont Derby and Oaks attached. We anticipate that interest among horsemen in the Derby and Oaks could result in oversubscribed fields for those two seven-figure-purse races on July 5."
 
The Astoria for 2-year-old fillies and Tremont for 2-year-olds have returned to the stakes schedule for the first time since 2008 and will be held on June 14 and 15, respectively.
 
The full stakes schedule is below:
 
DATE
RACE
GR.
PURSE
AGE
DISTANCE
Thurs., May 1
Elusive Quality
 
100,000
4&UP
7 F (T)
Fri., May. 2
Affirmed Success (NYB)
 
100,000
4&UP
6 F
Sat., May. 3
Beaugay
III
150,000
F&M 4&UP
1 1/16  (T)
Sat., May. 3
Fort Marcy
III
150,000
4&UP
1 1/8  (T)
Sun., May. 4
Gold Fever
 
100,000
3YO
6 F
Sun., May. 4
Drosselmeyer
 
100,000
4&UP
1 1/4
Sat., May. 10
Peter Pan
II
200,000
3YO
1 1/8
Sat., May. 10
Diablo
 
100,000
4&UP
6 F
Sun., May. 11
Westchester
III
150,000
4&UP
1 Mile
Sun., May. 11
Man o' War 
I
400,000
4&UP
1 3/8 (T)
Sun., May 11
Ruffian
II
250,000
F&M 4&UP
1  Mile
Sun., May 11
License Fee
 
100,000
F&M 4&UP
6 F (T)
Sat., May 17
Vagrancy
III
150,000
F&M 4&UP
6 1/2 F
Sat., May 17
Paradise Creek
 
100,000
3YO
7 F (T)
Sun., May 18
Wait A While
 
100,000
F3YO
7 F (T)
Sat., May 24
Sheepshead Bay
II
200,000
F&M 4&UP
1 3/8 (T)
Sun., May 25
Wonder Again
 
200,000
F3YO
1 1/8 (T)
Mon., May 26
Jersey Girl
 
100,000
F3YO
6 F
Mon., May 26
Pennine Ridge
 
200,000
3YO
1 1/8 (T)
Mon., May 26
Poker
III
300,000
4&UP
1 Mile (T)
Sat., May 31
Commentator (NYB)
 
200,000
3&UP
1 Mile
Sat., May 31
Critical Eye (NYB)
 
200,000
F&M 3&UP
1 Mile
Sat., May 31
Kingston  (NYB)
 
125,000
3&UP
1 Mile (T)
Sat., May 31
Mount Vernon  (NYB)
 
125,000
F&M 3&UP
1 Mile (T)
Sat., May 31
Mike Lee (NYB)
 
125,000
3YO
7 F
Sat., May 31
Bouwerie (NYB)
 
125,000
F3YO
7 F
Fri., June 6
True North  
II
250,000
4&UP
6 F
Fri., June 6
Belmont Gold Cup Inv.
 
200,000
4&UP
2 Miles (T)
Sat., June 7
Belmont
I
1,500,000
3YO
1 ½
Sat., June 7
Manhattan
I
1,000,000
4&UP
1 1/4 (T)
Sat., June 7
Brooklyn Invitational
II
500,000
4&UP
1 ½
Sat., June 7
Jaipur Invitational
III
300,000
4&UP
6 F (T)
Sat., June 7
Metropolitan Handicap
I
1,250,000
3&UP
1 Mile
Sat., June 7
Woody Stephens
II
500,000
3YO
7 F
Sat., June 7
Acorn
I
750,000
F3YO
1 Mile
Sat., June 7
Longines Just A Game
I
750,000
F&M 4&UP
1 Mile (T)
Sat., June 7
Ogden Phipps
I
1,000,000
F&M 4&UP
1 1/16
Sat., June 7
Easy Goer
 
150,000
3YO
1 1/16
Sun., June 8
Intercontinental
 
100,000
F&M 4&UP
7 F (T)
Sat., June 14
Astoria
 
100,000
F2YO
5 1/2 F
Sun., June 15
Tremont
 
100,000
2YO
5 1/2 F
Sat., June 21
Bed o' Roses (Hdcp.)
III
150,000
F&M 4&UP
7 F
Sat., June 21
Wild Applause
 
100,000
F3YO
1 Mile (T)
Sun., June 22
New York Stallion Stakes
 
100,000
F3YO
7 F (T)
 
Cupecoy's Joy Division
 
 
 
 
Sun., June 22
New York Stallion Stakes
 
100,000
3YO
7 F (T)
 
Spectacular Bid Division
 
 
 
 
Sat., June 28
Mother Goose
I
300,000
F3YO
1 1/16
Sat., June 28
New York
II
200,000
F&M 4&UP
1 1/4 (T)
Sat., June 28
Manila
 
100,000
3YO
1 Mile (T)
Sun., June 29
Victory Ride
III
150,000
F3YO
6 1/2 F
Thurs., July 3
Dancin Renee (NYB)
 
100,000
F&M 4&UP
6 Furlongs
Fri., July 4
Forbidden Apple
 
150,000
4&UP
1 Mile (T)
Fri., July 4
Perfect Sting
 
100,000
F&M 4&UP
1 Mile (T)
Sat., July 5
Belmont Sprint Championship
III
400,000
3&UP
7 F
Sat., July 5
Belmont Oaks Invitational 
I
1,000,000
F3YO
1 1/4 (T)
Sat., July 5
Belmont Derby Invitational
I
1,250,000
3YO
1 1/4 (T)
Sat., July 5
Dwyer
III
200,000
3YO
1 1/16
Sat., July 5
Suburban (Hdcp.)
II
500,000
4&UP
1 ¼
Sun., July 6
Lynbrook (NYB)
 
125,000
F2YO
6 F
Sat., July 12
Bowling Green (Hdcp.)
II
200,000
4&UP
1 1/2 (T)
Sun., July 13
Rockville Centre (NYB)
 
125,000
2YO
6 F
 
 

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